This simplified key is intended to help identify the majority of the of Bumble Bees found in Vermont (and the northeast). Not all individuals will be identifiable from photographs and occasional individuals will break the patterns outline below.
Refer to the introductory page for general tips and Bumble Bee terminology.
Color of the Abdomen
The categories below refer only to the abdomen (the last major body part). Clicking on an image will bring up the possible species. A few species appear in multiple categories.
All photos on this page courtesy Kent McFarland